£5k seized from baby killer's home

A LARGE stash of illegally gained money found at the home of baby killer Duncan Mills has been seized.

Naomi Cassidy

A LARGE stash of illegally gained money found at the home of baby killer Duncan Mills has been seized.

Suffolk Police made an application to the court to seize £5,170.15, which was found at Mills' former home in London Road while they were investigating him in relation to the death of his one-year-old son Luigi Askew.

At South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court yesterday District Judge David Cooper ordered the forfeiture of the cash, which was mostly believed to have come from the sale of drugs.

Mills, 32, who is currently in Norwich Prison after being found guilty of murdering his one-year-old son and inflicting grievous bodily harm on the baby's mother Samantha Askew last year following a trial in February, was not present at the hearing.

Police made the application for the forfeiture under the Proceeds of Crime Act, as they believed the money came from the sale of drugs.

Most Read

In March, prosecutor Lesla Small, told South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court: “On Saturday, May 27, 2007 from his then home, flat 3, 106 London Road, police were investigating the death of a baby at 16 Lanercost Way, Ipswich.

“It was during the search of his property in connection with the murder investigation that police found a large quantity of cash at his address.”

A quantity of class A drugs and cannabis were also found and a set of scales were discovered in his car.

Yesterday the charge of possessing with intent to supply cocaine was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Mills was due to be sentenced for his crimes last month but this was postponed after he sacked his legal team.

A sentence date is yet to be fixed.

Mills was arrested for Luigi's death after paramedics were called to Lancercost Way in Ipswich last May. Luigi died from abdominal and head injuries.

Ms Askew, 23, told police the baby was crying and Mills said he was going to “shut him up”.

She said she then heard a noise like “something knocking on a radiator”.